One tenant applauds redevelopment but says she wouldn’t have invested thousands of dollars improving her space had she known it could be lost so soon. “The permit alone was about $2,000 and it took us four or five months to go through the process for city permits – and that was only two years ago,” said Jennifer Bradley, who owns Paws for Fun, an animal day-care business, at 24515 Spruce. Bradley understands she will receive some relocation assistance from the city but moving isn’t that simple. “Our business is a tough one to relocate because not all landlords want dogs in their buildings and not all neighbors or businesses want dogs around,” she said. Two properties called “potentially historic” in the specific plan are being handled differently. Excluded from appraisal is a building owned by the American Legion Newhall-Saugus. Assessor’s records show it was built in 1941. The building occupied by Antique Flower Garden that once housed a jail is being appraised, but Price said the city plans to preserve it “one way or another.” City officials have said they would invoke eminent domain only as a last resort. Last year the city bought two properties on San Fernando Road: the Union 76 gas station property at Lyons, for about $840,000, and the Moore’s Submarine Sandwich property at Fifth Street, for $760,000. Blocks away, the first new single-family home proposed within the specific plan area is under review, however plans filed recently for the manufactured wood home do not yet meet the area’s strict architectural standards, Price said. The one-story home would sit on a vacant 6,250-square-foot lot on Arch Street, between Third and Fourth streets. [email protected] (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city says it would pay market rate for five buildings on Spruce, a cul-de-sac parallel to San Fernando Road, bracketed by Lyons Avenue and Eleventh Street. The appraisal is complete for 24519 Spruce, owned and occupied by White Light Chiropractic. “It’s always been our intention to remain in that location,” said White Light’s owner, who’s owned the building for more than two decades. “It’s our desire to retire there and hand off our practice to another physician and retain that property as rental income.” White Light has not heard from the city since the appraisal. Results from on-site inspections and market data comparisons should be made public by mid-June, said Barbara Stoll, the city’s acquisition specialist. NEWHALL – Appraisers are sizing up real estate in downtown Newhall that the city may want to snap up for redevelopment. Some of the properties eyed last week on Spruce Street are a stone’s throw from an old gas station the city bought and later demolished. The proximity of that site could boost the city’s efforts to buy land and jump-start redevelopment in the area. “We’re trying to consolidate a portion of the catalyst block for the planned library and other new uses,” said Chris Price, an assistant city engineer overseeing the redevelopment project. No large-scale projects have been submitted officially since the Santa Clarita City Council adopted the specific plan for downtown Newhall in December 2005. The plan cost $1 million and the city has budgeted $7 million for the first phase of improvements.
JP LandmanTwo South Africans worth keeping an eye on – Bobby Godsell (previously with Anglogold and now with Eskom) and James Motlatsi (past union leader and now with Thebe Investments) – launched a book in December in which ordinary South Africans are given guidelines on what they can do to make the country a better place.*It is practical and action-oriented. The authors identify nine areas in which each one of us can make some contribution – from building stronger family ties to avoiding unnecessary debt.One of the nine areas – “Beyond the tribe, outside the ghetto” – drew my attention. It deals with building common community values and a sense of responsibility toward the greater good of all. We cannot live within our own tribe and ghetto as if the outside world does not exist.We are still a nation in the making and still working toward those common values which bind us.But at the moment we are caught between two opposing forces in South Africa, making the process that much harder.On the one hand, there is a natural inclination to be with one’s own kind. Here a comfort zone exists which makes it preferable and easier to be on the inside than on the outside.But this is exactly what nation-building requires of us. To move out of our comfort zone so that we can reach out to those who are not like us.It is this conflict that runs through our public debate.For instance, after Barack Obama’s election victory two white writers were quick to point out that the US is now non-racial – and that South Africa can only claim this right once a white person is elected president.Excuse me? What about a coloured or Indian person? Surely it is about minorities, and not about being white or not.And seen in the light of the 350 years of white domination in this country, such an opinion smacks of arrogance.Just take a moment to look at this from a black South African’s perspective.Instead, we still view things from within the tribe, rather than “Beyond the tribe, outside the ghetto”.Another example is the Springbok rugby emblem. Put in the shoes of their white colleagues, black sport enthusiasts must surely feel the same emotional connection associated with the Springbok and all it stands for – being the best; the hero of the nation.And the same applies to white people – placing themselves in the shoes of a black rugby player in the 1960s who was denied the right to this honour; never even to be considered for it. How does that feel?A third example is the media, defining itself as an instrument serving a particular tribe or ghetto, and not the greater community.Serving a particular target market is one thing – blowing on the flames of xenophobic hatred and encouraging an inferior mentality quite another.Afrikaans offers an opportunity in the reverse. This language can play a unique role: reaching out beyond the tribe to the greater community.It has the potential to strengthen South Africa’s social capital and bring renewal to the language at the same time. Not so that we can create a new and larger ghetto that only includes the Afrikaner tribe – that specifically not.Reaching out beyond the traditional tribe and ghetto must be based on common values and a sense of the greater community.Fortunately most South Africans seem disinclined to go for such a new ghetto idea. It is with these people that I add my voice.Godsell and Motlatsi come from different ghettos. They have reached out for the sake of common interests – Anglo mines and job opportunities. And now they share enough values to build a new nation. It’s everyone’s own choice.*Do It! – Every South African’s Guide to Making a Difference by James Motlatsi and Bobby Godsell. Jacana Media, 2008.JP Landman is a self-employed political and trend analyst. He consults to SA largest private wealth business, BoE Private Clients, and works with several SA corporates on future scenario trends. His focus areas are trends in politics, economics and social capital.Among some of the unique research projects his consultancy has undertaken was the role of public institutions in battling corruption (quoted by the UN in a report on corruption), the interplay of demographics and economic growth, and an overview of trends around poverty alleviation in SA. Whilst working as an analyst on the JSE in the 1990s he was voted the top analyst in political trends.He is also a popular speaker who has addressed diverse audiences locally and internationally and enjoys consistently good ratings.He has a BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch (1978), studied Economics and Development Economics at Unisa (1979 and 1980) and later at Harvard (1998 and 2005), and obtained an MPhil in Future Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch (2003).
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announcing the 2013 matric results in Johannesburg on the evening of Monday 6 January 2014. (Image: GCIS) MEDIA CONTACTS • Panyaza Lesufi Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education +27 72 148 9575 +27 12 3573757 [email protected] [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Helping kids shine at school – in their own language • University of the People offers online education for all • South Africa’s mother tongue education challenge • New medical school for Eastern Cape • The importance of learning to readMary AlexanderOver half a million candidates wrote South Africa’s school-leaving national senior certificate – or matric – exams last year, and 78.2% of them passed. This is the highest matric pass rate in the country’s modern democratic history, according to results released by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday 6 January 2014.A total of 258 question papers were set, and 9.1-million printed and written at 6 676 examination centres, supervised by 65 000 invigilators. Of these, 8.7 million completed scripts were marked by 35 000 markers at 118 marking centres.A total of 551 schools, or 8.3%, received a 100% matric pass rate, while almost half of all schools – 49.9% – achieved a rate of 80% to 100%.We bring you more facts and figures about the Class of 2013 matric results.CandidatesIn 2013, 562 112 full-time candidates wrote the matric results, up by 50 960 from the 511 152 candidates who wrote in 2012. Of these, 439 779 passed – an increase of 61 950 on the 2012 figure of 377 829.The number of part-time candidates rose by 11 059, from 81 552 in 2012 to 92 611 in 2013.A total of 654 723 full- and part-time candidates wrote the matric exams in 2013.Results over the yearsThe 2013 matric pass rate of 78.2% is the highest in 19 years. Over the past four years, the rate has steadily increased, from 60.6% in 2009, to 67.8% in 2010, 70.2% in 2011, 73.9% in 2012, to this year’s 78.2%.“In 1995, when this cohort entered grade 1, the national pass rate percentage was 54.4%, and 19 years later, the national pass rate percentage is 78.2%”, Motshekga said in her announcement of the results.More top achieversThe Class of 2013 also achieved the highest bachelor pass rate – results good enough for university entrance – in the past few years, with 171 755 qualifying for bachelor degree studies.“I’m extremely pleased by the fact that all indicators of quality are also part of the upward trend,” Motshekga said. “The percentage of grade 12 learners who qualified for bachelor’s studies was 20.1% in 2008, 19.9% in 2009, 23.5% in 2010, 24.3% in 2011 and 26.6% in 2012. It has now increased to 30.6%.”The number of distinctions earned in 12 main subjects in 2013 was 67 855, up by 12 205 from 55 650 in 2012.Provincial pass ratesThe Free State came out tops in the 2013 results, supplanting Gauteng as the best-performing province. North West had the second-highest matric pass rate, followed by Gauteng, the Western Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Northern Cape, Limpopo and, finally, the Eastern Cape.The province to score the biggest improvement was North West, which upped its pass rate by 7.7%, followed by Mpumalanga with an increase of 7.6%.In ascending order, the provincial pass rates are:Eastern Cape: 64.9% – up 3.5% from 61.4% in 2012Limpopo: 71.8% – up 4.9% from 66.9% in 2012Northern Cape: 74.5% – down 0.1% from 74.6% in 2012KwaZulu-Natal: 77.4% – up 4.3% from 73.1% in 2012Mpumalanga: 77.6% – up 7.6% from 70% in 2012Western Cape: 85.1% – up 2.3% from 82.8% in 2012Gauteng: 87% – up 3.1% from 83.9% in 2012North West: 87.2% – up 7.7% from 79.5% in 2012Free State: 87.4% – up 6.3% from 81.1% in 2012Pass rates by subjectThe 2013 results showed improvements in the priority subjects of Mathematics – “pure” Maths – as well as Physical Science and Life Sciences. The pass rates for all major subjects increased, except for Mathematical Literacy, which fell slightly.The priority subject results for 2013 are:MathematicsNumber of passes 2013: 142 666, with a pass rate of 59.1%Number of passes 2012: 121 970, with a pass rate of 54%Improvement: 20 696, with the pass rate up 5.1%Physical ScienceNumber of passes 2013: 124 206, with a pass rate of 67.4%Number of passes 2012: 109 918, with a pass rate of 61.3%Improvement: 14 288, with the pass rate up 6.1%Life SciencesNumber of passes 2013: 222 374, with a pass rate of 73.7%Number of passes 2012: 193 593, with a pass rate of 69.5%Improvement: 28 781, with the pass rate up 4.2%Pass rates in other subjectsAccounting: 65.7% – up 0.1% from 65.6% in 2012Geography: 80% – up 4.2% from 75.8% in 2012Economics: 73.9%, up 1.1% from 72.8% in 2012History: 87.1%, up 1.1% from 86% in 2012
AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Digital Marketing Jobs in the Government Sector Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Text message marketing is one of the more effective ways for small businesses to reach a targeted audience. The main focus with your group texting marketing has to be done very carefully — or you’ll turn your audience off quickly and you’ll be blocked. You’ll want to message your targeted or interested consumers first.Interested ConsumersSecondly — an immense piece of the interested consumers can be those who don’t know a thing about you. These potential customers can be reached with a short message service (SMS) or Group Texting. This service stands out as one of the most cost-efficient ways for a small businesses to strengthen the bond with your customers.Why group texting is extremely effective.Group texting is extremely effective, but it is more effective for certain types of businesses. For example, retail stores and restaurants can get immediate response from text messaging out coupons and special offers. If you can find a way to benefit from text marketing for your business — then you will see results that will grow your bottom line.Image CreditBuilding a text list.It is estimated that 80 percent of adults access the Internet through their smartphones and over 90 percent of smartphone owners open and read every text they get. This means that when you use text marketing services, you are going to have a captive and interested audience. There are anti-spam laws in the United States that make it illegal to send SMS messages to a user who does not want them. While this can sound like an obstacle, it is actually the inspiration you need to build an effective and powerful SMS marketing list. You can put a form on your mobile website that allows people to opt-in to receiving your marketing messages, and you can place information throughout your business that gives people a number they can text to get on your list. While it takes a while to build a marketing list one person at a time; you are actually creating a focused list of people who want your marketing messages and will more than likely act on them when they receive them. This increases the return on investment for your text messaging program considerably. Make tour messages concise and powerful.To create your messages, you can invest in text message marketing software that will help you to craft effective but concise messages. When you get long text messages, you tend to either not read the whole thing or ignore them completely. The same goes for your target audience. If you want your messages to be read, then they need to be concise and get to the point. Develop good timing.A big part of developing marketing programs of any kind for your business is taking the time to understand the best times to send messages to your audience.The well-timed messages.If you run a clothing store, then you might notice that Saturday mornings are when the bulk of your customers make their way out to go shopping. A well-timed text message about your latest special will be much more effective when sent just when your audience is leaving their house. You will never get the timing completely right all of the time, but you need to pay attention to patterns and trends to help you send out effective messages. When it comes to effective text message marketing for small business, timing is everything.Timing really is everything in business.Good timing means that your messages will not be treated like advertising spam, but rather like good information your customers can use. Always be marketing.Have you ever noticed that when you walk into some businesses you get a prompt on your phone to check out the latest coupons and deals? This sort of proactive mobile marketing is extremely effective, and it should be something you use to grow your marketing list. When customers walk into your store, you should automatically send them a message with your latest specials and a number they can text to opt-in to your marketing list.Use best timing for best results.One of the best times to convince a customer to join your SMS marketing list is when they first walk into your store. Remember the personal connection.As you focus on writing concise text messages, you should also remember to use your group texting marketing to engage and build stronger relationships with your customers.Loyalty is everything, whether we’re talking your family or your business.Give the customers who opt-in to your SMS marketing program coupons and special pricing that only they can access. You should also develop a loyalty program using your text service that allows customers to build up points for purchases and get rewards. When every text you send has value, then your customers start to look forward to receiving them. This anticipation lowers the number of people who opt-out of your program, and it makes the customers who react to your texts feel special and appreciated. Focus on the affordability.You can see a significant return on investment (ROI) with text message marketing when you use the right texting service and software. Compared to other forms of marketing such as email, texting is less expensive but reaches a more active audience.Shorter messages.Short text messages sent at the right times throughout the day can increase revenue and strengthen customer loyalty. When you start looking at other forms of mobile marketing, always remember the return you get from texting versus any other type of marketing program. Remember the CTA.Even though your text messages are going to be short, there still needs to be a call to action (CTA) included in each one. Some of the best text messages are just CTAs with a number to text for more information.Find out which “calls to action” will help you the most in your sector of business.It is important to get your customers to take action on every text you send them to increase your ROI. You want to give your customers a reason to recommend their friends join your text list as well.Keep after the cost effective marketing methods.A small business needs to take advantage of as many cost-effective marketing methods as possible, and text message marketing is about as cost-effective as it gets.Get going and cementing your customer lists.By creating a list of consumers who are all interested in receiving your texts, you can send out messages that you know will be read and will most likely be acted upon. Short text messages containing information that is valuable to your customers can help to expand your customer base, strengthen the bond you have with existing customers and make your customers feel like their business is appreciated. Michael Zhou
Paolo’s first car, of course, was a building: il Lioncini, a camper-van he built in Vietri in 1949, with studio, kitchen, sofa, storage space for a Lambretta scooter, etc. The conversation very quickly came ’round to the real meaning of the car, and car-culture, and urban sprawl, the notion of “reformulation” of the urban landscape, and LEAN LINEAR CITY rail transportation. [photo and text: Jeff Stein] July 16, 2012Friday, July 13, the 195th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, and by an act of the US Congress (really, no kidding!) “Collector Car Appreciation Day,” Paolo Soleri sat for an interview with AAA Arizona magazine. The topic: “Your First Car.” Pictured, left to right: Michelle Donati AAA Supervisor, Public Affairs, James Prueter, Club Spokesperson, and Stephanie Dembowski, AAA Public Affairs Specialist. Watch for the interview in the upcoming issue of AAA Arizona Magazine. [photo: Colly Soleri]